On February 15, 2018, the University at Albany and head men’s soccer coach Trevor Gorman announced the hiring of Rich Nassif as an assistant coach for the program. He enters his second season with the program in 2019.
Nassif played four years at Northwestern University as a goalkeeper, appearing in two NCAA tournaments and captaining the Wildcats to the 2006 Elite Eight. Following his graduation, he spent five years on the Wildcats coaching staff as director of operations and assistant coach. In those five years, Northwestern appeared in four NCAA Tournaments and won their first ever Big Ten title in 2011. The following year, Nassif landed his first head coaching position at Benedictine University in suburban Chicago. After guiding the Eagles to a conference championship in his second season, Nassif was named conference coach of the year. Benedictine would hold a 22-6-2 conference record over his last three seasons and earn their first ever NSCAA Team Academic Award in 2015. Nassif returned to Northwestern as an assistant coach for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.